Re: How About Them A's
posted at 10/4/2012 12:49 AM EDT
In response to moonslav59's comment:
Good point Ice. They had 19 guys with over 99 ABs and 17 pitchers with over 35 IP (23 who pitched 3+ IP).
In contrast, the team with all the injuries and players traded away, we had only 16 players with 99+ ABs and 16 pitchers with 35+ IP (20 pitchers total).
The A's will lose Brandon McCarthey ($4.3M in 2012) to free agency, but the also shed $5.5M from poor-producing Brandon Inge ($0.5M buyout), $2M for Bartolo Colon, and $1M for Gomes. Total: just over $10M.
They will likely not take Stephen Drew's $10M option (but no real savings).
The following set raises are set to take place:
Balfour: +$0.5M (assuming they take his $4.5M option)
Total: $6M not counting arb or pre-arb raises which shouldn't be too much.
They look to have about the same player budget if they make no signings or contract additions. They will miss McCarthey and Colon & Gomes to some extent, but could probably replace some of them if they wish to raise the budget.
Moon, with Brandon Inge the Athletics were on the hook for only the prorated portion of the league minimun salary (and presumbly the 2013 buyout) with the Tigers picking up the remainder of Inge's 2012 salary:
Brandon Inge 3b
2 years/$11.5M (2011-12), plus 2013 club option
- 2 years/$11.5M (2011-12), plus 2013 club option
- signed extension with Detroit 10/21/10
- 11:$5.5M, 12:$5.5M, 13:$6M club option ($0.5M buyout)
- DFA by Detroit 7/20/11, sent outright to Triple-A 7/26/11
- contract purchased by Detroit 8/20/11
- released by Detroit 4/26/12
- signed by Oakland as a free agent 4/30/12 (A’s pay pro-rated portion of Major League minimum, or about $414,066, with Tigers responsible for balance of 2012 salary)
The A's have already shed the $5 million salary of Kurt Suzuki from the Opening Day payroll and will shed the $5 million salary of Brian Fuentes and the $2 million salary of Bartolo Colon.
In other words, Oakland should be in good shape financially (especially with its share of the recent lucrative league-wide television contracts).